TIP: Never use water slide decals unless the model paint is totally dry. If the paint is even slightly tacky you won't be able to slide the decal into the final position.
On the left: Wet the surface by rubbing some water at the decal location. Inset picture: After the decal is positioned, use a damp Q-tip to roll out any air bubbles and to press the decal into the corners.
Work the air bubbles out from the center to the edges.
The front end of the long orange bands overlap the nose cone joint.
Place the decals with the nose cone on. After the decal dries cut through the joint with a razor blade.
It's easier to place a thin decal by doing it in two pieces.
The inset picture shows the front windows. I cut them close for an easier fit around the nose cone contour.